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The JAC has been asked to identify candidates to recommend for the post of District Judge. There are 75 vacancies. However, this may be increased if the size and quality of the field of applicants indicates that it may be possible to exceed.
The work of District Judges involves a wide spectrum of civil and family law cases such as claims for damages and injunctions, possession proceedings against mortgage borrowers and property tenants, divorces, child proceedings, domestic violence injunctions and insolvency proceedings.
Those appearing before District Judges range from Queen's Counsel to litigants in person unable to read or write. All this means that the work that District Judges do has a significant, vital and lasting impact on the lives of large numbers of people, many of them disadvantaged and vulnerable.
District Judges deal with most of the cases in the county courts. They are assigned on appointment to a particular circuit and may sit at any of the county courts or district registries on that circuit. A district registry is part of the High Court situated in various districts of England and Wales, dealing with High Court family and civil business. District registries are often co-located at county courts, when the District Judges sitting there will case-manage High Court cases.
The salary is £112,542 a year. Post-holders in London are paid an additional £2,000 salary lead and an additional £2,000 London allowance.
Salaried part time working (SPTW) may be available for some posts subject to it having no material adverse impact on the business needs of the courts or the services to users. The availability of salaried part time work will be agreed locally by the senior judiciary and HMCTS subject to business need at the time of appointment. Where SPTW is available, it can only be accommodated by working full weeks and in block periods of at least six weeks.
Who can apply
This exercise is open to solicitors and barristers in England and Wales and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with at least 5 years post qualification experience.
Candidates are expected to have previous judicial experience, sitting as a judge in a salaried or fee-paid capacity or a similar role such as the chair of an equivalent body for which a legal qualification is required. The length of judicial experience required is a minimum of 30 completed sitting days since appointment, not including training or sick days. Only in exceptional cases and if the candidate in question has demonstrated the necessary skills in some other significant way should an exception be made.
Candidates should also be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
The JAC encourages diversity and welcomes applications from groups currently under represented in the judiciary. The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.
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